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Should Physician Assisted Suicide be Legal?

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Started: 10/21/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jcastillonhs

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Jake Castillo
Mrs. Hayes-Leite
Civics/Senior Project
21 October 2013
The doctors at Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO) want the state to control physician assisted suicide but to keep enforcing laws that prevent suicide. "Their position is thus consistent: individuals do not have any right to kill themselves, whereas the government has every right to kill individuals, if, for example, the government considers that the individual's life is now too painful or too harrowing. Your body does not belong to you: it belongs to the government" (Schaler). Even if you have the wish to die by assisted suicide, you become government property, not an individual. The government removes all your freedoms and you no longer control your fate, but must wait for approval to die.
Mental illnesses are the leading cause of all suicides. "Suicide and attempted suicide often are acts of desperation by individuals who, as a result of mental illness or other distorting factors, are not in full command of their senses. In such cases, an ethic that values life and affirms the dignity of each person mandates intervention to prevent self-destruction" (Lee). Those who attempt to commit suicide are usually mentally ill and should be helped, not considered for assisted suicide. Assisted suicide should not be given to someone who is only trying to get rid of a mental or emotional problem.

Lee, Daniel E. "Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Conservative Critique of Intervention." Hastings Center Report. Jan./Feb. 2003: 17-19. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Oct 2013.
Schaler, Jeffrey A. "Living and Dying the State's Way." Liberty. Aug. 2003: 42-44. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 21 Oct 2013.
ebuonannoNHS

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Physician assisted suicide should be legal for many reasons. A person has a right to choose what they want to do with their lives, this includes living or ending their own life. Every human being that is born in the United States of America has the right to his or her own life (Proquest Staff). Whether someone chooses to live his or her life or end it is no one else's decision nor choice. We as U.S citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is someone"s unalienable right, the right to their own life. If someone is battling a terminal illness then they should most definitely have a choice to end their own life with the help of a physician. Physician assisted suicide can be used for those who are deathly ill and are slowly, and painfully awaiting death (Proquest Staff). Those whom are battling illness such as cancer, that don"t have a cure and chemotherapy is not affective then they should be able to choose to take themselves out of the pain and misery. If the struggle of pushing through a few more months is going to be too painful and emotionally difficult than a human being should be allowed to be free of this pain and undergo physician assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide is legal in three states. A women from Whashington was the first person to under go physician asiisted suicide. "I am a very spirtual person, and it was very important for me o be conscious, clear minded and alert at the time of death." She wanted to die peacefully and as clear headed as she possibles could be. It is her right as a human to being, she can't choose that she is sick but she can choose how she dies.

Proquest Staff. "At Issue: Euthansia." Proquest LLC. 2013.n.pag. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 10 October 2013.
Proquest Staff. "Topic Overview: Medical Ethics." Proquest LLC. 2013. SIRS Issue Researcher. Web. October 2013.
Debate Round No. 1
jcastillonhs

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ebuonannoNHS

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Physicians don't distribute medicine to those who aren't in the right state of mind. The 11 years the Oregon law has been in effect, physicians have written prescriptions for 600 people, and 401 (67 percent) have died after taking the medication (Office of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology, 2008). Ganzini et al. (2002) found, in a survey of hospice nurses and social workers, that over 70 percent of the patients who received prescriptions were concerned about losing control of their last days. Even those who did not use the medication might have benefited from having it on hand, knowing that it gave them a greater degree of control over the process (Lee, 2004). These patients want to be in the proper mental state when they are dying, thus physician assited suicide. This is so those individuals have control over their last moments when they have had so little controI of their illness. If there are cases that some people are not suitable forr physician assited suicide then the physician does not advocate these drugs to their patience.Physicians and family members can agree to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a terminally ill patient when such treatment will not be beneficial to the patient (Luce, 1997a). The incidence of withholding and withdrawing treatment increased considerably in the 1990s, but the practice was found to vary in hospitals around the country (Prendergast, Classens, & Luce, 1998; Prendergast & Luce, 1997). If a physician inds that a patient isn't a good candidate for this medicine they will not administer it to them. They use their best medical interest and the best interest of the patient.
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